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Xi's statements on the Belt and Road Initiative

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-04-15 11:20

Editor's note:

President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013. The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road initiative aims to create a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes.

Since then, more than 100 countries and international organizations have backed the initiative, with more than 40 signing cooperation agreements with China.

In May, China will host a Belt and Road forum for international cooperation in Beijing. Let's look back at some of the important comments Xi has made on the initiative in the last three years.

Proposing an 'economic belt along the Silk Road'

Xi's statements on the Belt and Road Initiative

President Xi Jinping delivers the historic speech at the Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, Sept 7, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]

To create the new economic belt, Xi suggested China and Central Asian countries accelerate policy communication, improve road connectivity, promote unimpeded trade, enhance monetary circulation and enhance understanding.

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